Dining on St. Barth is always a pleasurable experience, with a hundred or so restaurants at
your disposal. The cuisine runs the gamut from Caribbean to Asian, although fine dining French-style
is usually the theme behind the island's finest dining venues. The following selection of restaurants
rank amongst the island's best, although please note that chef's and owners do change! Please also note
that a number of restaurants do close their doors during the low-season months. Reservations are essential.
LE SAPOTILLIER (Gustavia)
Long ranked amongst the island's best dining venues, Le Sapotillier showcases
traditional French cuisine.
The restaurant itself is divided into three dining areas (a raised dining room overlooking the terrace, an
enclosed stone-wall dining room in front and an outdoor dining terrace in the back), so the ambience is
always warm, friendly and romantic. Foie gras, escargot, rack of lamb and Dover sole are some of the
highlights, whilst the crème brulees and chocolate soufflets highlight the French mastery of desserts.
The service, of course, is top notch.
FRANÇOIS PLANTATION (Columbier)
This consistently excellent gourmet restaurant serves gastronomic French cuisine with a Mediterranean
accent. The wine cellar is also stocked with some very fine French vintages, some of which are available
by the glass. The tasteful club-like ambience only serves to enhance the overall dining experience. To be
saved for a special occasion!
THE WALL HOUSE (Gustavia)
Located on the far side of Gustavia harbour, this award-winning restaurant offers lovely water views.
It specialises in traditional French cuisine with Creole influences, its five course prix fixe menu one
of the best value on the island. Run with great warmth and professionalism by Denis Chevallier and Franck
Mathevet, their long experience in restaurants on the Continent translating well to the tropics.
LA LANGOUSE (Flamands)
For some of the best lobster on the island! Located in the Hotel Baie des Anges at Flamands, this is
an excellent choice for both lunch and dinner, its menu also including some French and Creole specialities.
The tables surround the hotel's pool, which is illuminated at night to create a suitably romantic ambience.
Owner, Annie Ange, contributes to the warm and friendly ambience.
LE GAÏAC (Toiny)
Definitely one of the best hotel restaurants on the island. The setting hereis as memorable as the food,
the tables overlooking the main pool with splendid ocean views in the background. Chef Maxime Deschamps
creates classic French cuisine with Provençal and Creole accents. Sunday brunch is a particularly good idea,
as you can go in a bathing suit, swim in the pool and then enjoy a lovely meal. Don't forget to make a